Maine opens RFP for biomass energy

By Erin Voegele | June 23, 2016

On June 17, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the sale of energy from biomass sources. The RFP relates to a law enacted earlier this year to boost Maine’s biomass industry.

According to information published by the government of Maine, the new law directs PUC to initiate a competitive solicitation for the procurement of energy from up to 80 MW of biomass resources. It also authorizes the PUC to direct the transmission and distribution utilities to enter into one or more two-year contracts, contingent on available funds. In addition, the law established a cost recovery fund of up to $13.4 million to pay above-market costs for the contracts.

According to the PUC, eligible biomass resources include wood, wood waste or landfill gas that is used to produce energy delivered to either the New England (ISO-NE) or northern Maine (NMISA) system. Bidders selected under the RFP will enter into two-year contracts with Central Maine Power Co., Emera Maine, or both utilities.

Proposals must be submitted by July 29. Additional information is available on the PUC website.